Nursing Interventions to Reduce Stress in Families of Critical Care Patients: An Integrative Review

Author(s): Valérie Lebel, PhD, RN, Sylvie Charette, PhD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Feb 01, 2024

Topics: Family-Centered Care

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

This article discusses the nurse’s role to assess stress and to intervene with family members to help them reduce their stress when their loved one receives intensive care. The article provides a complete picture of this phenomenon by conducting an integrative review to establish the state of knowledge regarding the stress experienced by families with a hospitalized relative in the ICU and the nursing interventions implemented with the aim of helping family members reduce their stress.


  • Describe the stressful experience of family members of patient receiving intensive care.
  • Outline the principal stressors family members are exposed to when their relative is hospitalized in intensive care.
  • Analyze the multiple nursing interventions that adequately address the stress experienced by family members of intensive care patients.

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